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A benediction on a new-born child

1Yea, ancient, meet for praise at sacrifices, ever and now thou
   sittest down as Hotar.
  And now, O Agni, make thy person friendly, and win felicity
   for us by worship.
2Neath Jyaishthaghni and Yama's Two Releasers this child was
   born: preserve him from uprooting.
  He shall conduct him safe past all misfortunes to lengthened
   life that lasts a hundred autumns.
3Born on the Tiger's day was he, a hero, the Constellations'
   child, born brave and manly.
  Let him not wound, when grown in strength, his father, nor
   disregard his mother, her who bare him.

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